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Animals as Social Objects: Groups, Stereotypes, and Intergroup Threats

Author(s): Sevillano, Verónica; Fiske, Susan T.

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Abstract: Nonhuman animals are typically excluded from the scope of social psychology. This article presents animals as social objects - targets of human social responses - overviewing the similarities and differences with human targets. The focus here is on perceiving animal species as social groups. Reflecting the two fundamental dimensions of humans' social cognition - perceived warmth (benign or ill intent) and competence (high or low ability), proposed within the Stereotype Content Model (Fiske, Cuddy, Glick, & Xu, 2002) - animal stereotypes are identified, together with associated prejudices and behavioral tendencies. In line with human intergroup threats, both realistic and symbolic threats associated with animals are reviewed. As a whole, animals appear to be social perception targets within the human sphere of influence and a valid topic for research.
Publication Date: 1-Jul-2016
Electronic Publication Date: Jul-2016
Citation: Sevillano, V, Fiske, ST. (2016). Animals as social objects: Groups, stereotypes, and intergroup threats. European Psychologist, 21 (3), 206 - 217. doi:10.1027/1016-9040/a000268
DOI: doi:10.1027/1016-9040/a000268
ISSN: 1016-9040
EISSN: 1878-531X
Pages: 206 - 217
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: European Psychologist
Version: Author's manuscript

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